No kitchen is complete without the best kettle. From tea rounds to cooking pasta and rice in a jiffy, a kettle will give you endless boiling hot water, and look the part when sat on your kitchen counter.
Although they all do the same job, there's a lot that sets the best kettles apart. For a start, design is a big factor. Many like to pair their kettle with a toaster for a complete breakfast setup, and if you have a specific kitchen design to take into account, that can narrow down your options.
Then, there's function. Some of the best kettles are multi-temperature models that allow you to set and adjust the heat of your water to make green tea, coffee, and herbal brews.
We've included pyramid-style kettles, which offer a more traditional stovetop-style design, and jug kettles, which are more upright and sometimes easier to top up thanks to flip-up lids. For even more convenience take a look at our best boiling water taps guide.
The best kettles in 2022
This digital kettle from Bosch is a fantastic all-rounder, giving you full control of your tea’s temperature, which is why it gets our vote for the best premium kettle you can buy.
It has a real-time temperature indicator and will boil enough for one cuppa in less than a minute thanks to the nifty turbo feature; ideal for when you’re in a hurry. It also includes boil-dry protection, and has a large capacity that can fill a pan of water for pasta or rice.
There is a tactile sliding scale that allows you to choose a specific temperature, and it also indicates your water's temperature as it heats up. Some brews taste better with a cooler temperature so with this digital kettle, you’re in control. As true tea connoisseurs, we loved putting this kettle to the test.
It also incorporates three different temperatures designed. Oolong is set at 90ºC, white tea at 85ºC and green tea at 80ºC, all at the touch of a button.
And if you’re not quite ready for your brew just yet, this model comes with a Keep Warm function that will maintain the water’s temperature for 30 minutes. This not only saves time but also energy too, as the kettle won’t need to be turned on again to re-boil.
If you like the clean lines of Scandinavian design, then the Swan Nordic could be the best kettle for you. The streamlined design features a tall, slim body with a matte finish, topped with a rubberised trim and a tactile rubberised handle with wood-effect print.
Available in four colourways, you can opt to keep things neutral with the off-white Cotton White or Slate Grey, or add some muted colour with the attractive Pine Green or Blue options - all of which match a wide selection of other Swan Nordic kitchen appliances.
The design certainly looks attractive, and the carefully considered finishes lend the kettle a feeling of quality that can often be missing in kettles at a sub-£50 price point.
Plus, the basics work well. The lid is one of the easiest and most comfortable we’ve come across to remove and fit back in place - no exact location needed - and the simple on/off toggle lever feels sturdy and easy to operate with a very visible blue light to let you know the kettle is heating.
The 360-degree rotational base also means you can pop the kettle back on the base any way which suits.
The Nordic comes with automatic switch-off once the water is boiled, and dry boil protection. You can also remove the water filter to remove any limescale build up, which is always a plus point.
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Our gripes? Although the texture of the rubberised handle is super tactile to touch, we found the sharp angle of the handle makes it a little uncomfortable to hold. The water level indicator also sits directly under the handle, which combined with the not very visible measurements, means it’s quite difficult to read. We also found the kettle rocked a little on its base on the model we tested, although boiling itself was fast and with a mid-range noise level.
The narrow spout also meant we found pouring a cup of tea took a little longer than we were used to, but then, slowing down and taking the time to do things more mindfully is probably no bad thing.
Not only will this kettle save on space but it also saves you time, too. When we put it to the test, it was a fast boiler and a delight to pour. It comes in white, black or cream and is a great affordable option that’s small on price, yet big on style.
For a streamlined flow of water every time, this model has a special spout designed for the very purpose.
Designed for large capacity
The large upright design of this kettle means it's less ideal for boiling one cup of tea at a time, as the markings on the side indicate from three cups upwards.
The Russell Hobbs Inspire Kettle is the partner to our top choice for the best toaster, the Morphy Richards Verve Toaster. They make a perfect pair.
Available in plush rose or metallic pistachio, as well as stainless steel and lustred pearl, this multi-temperature kettle doesn't sacrifice style with its smart design.
Press the plus or minus buttons to go from 85 degrees up to 100, in increments of 5. Then just press the 'start' button to illuminate the kettle, which will be a good visual sign that your water is heating up. The LCD display shows the temperature, and lights up when it's on.
Easy to fill
The lid opens with the press of a button, which means you won't have to worry about scorching your hand when topping it up once your kettle is empty.
The kettle boils very quietly, but note that it does make a loud beeping noise when it's done. That's great if you're prone to forgetting you even turned it on, but it could be a disturbance in small homes or homes with sleeping babies.
For those who love their gadgets and smart appliances, this Smarter iKettle is the best kettle for you. It can be switched on remotely using the Smarter app and it can even be linked to Amazon Alexa too, for voice control. The app can also be used to customise its settings, with alarms and prompts such as wake up calls and home options for when you get back after a hard day.
With the iKettle, there’s no more standing around in the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil. Thanks to its smart functionality, you can switch it on from anywhere via the iOS or Android app or use voice control with Amazon Alexa, IFTTT or Nest. It also uses the latest Blink-Up technology to ensure the 4G connection is totally secure, and you can even re-order tea or coffee using the in-app replenishment feature.
This is customisable so you can select the right temperature to suit your preferred cuppa. Choose between 20ºC to 100ºC and the water level sensor tells you exactly how much water is in the kettle too, so you know instantly how many cups it can make.
A great feature for new parents, the built-in formula mode makes night feeds easier. It can be connected to a Nest cam with IFTTT and will boil the kettle then tell you when it’s at the right temperature. You can even schedule it to boil water at your wake up time or when you arrive home.
On the opposite end of the pricing spectrum is this kettle from Cookworks which offers fantastic value for money.
This cheap kettle is available in a spectrum of six colours which can be mixed and matched to your kitchen decor. The coordinating toasters can also be bought so you can create a tea-and-toast set up.
Adding to the overall look of the design is an illuminating gauge, so you can clearly see the water levels.
Reaching boiling point
With a generous capacity of 1.7L, this kettle will provide enough teas, coffee and hot chocolates to go around the household. Reviewers love how quickly it reaches temperature so you won't be waiting long for a brew, either.
And if there isn't enough water left in the tank after, this kettle will automatically turn itself off to protect the elements.
This kettle is cordless, but the base isn't, so it's easy to lift it and wipe away any residue. It also has a removable and washable limescale filter so the aqua is always clean and pure.
If you have a small kitchen, or are regularly on the road, this cordless kettle is the best kettle you can buy.
This little kettle uses a powerful element, concealed in the base, for rapid boiling. Its positioning in the base will reduce limescale damage, too. And if you're running on empty, the boil-dry safety feature will automatically switch the kettle off so the elements won't get damaged.
And you can check in on it's boiling progress thanks to the large viewing window, on both sides, with cup level indicators
As one would come to expect with Dualit, the quality is excellent and is built to last. Every detail has been thought about, from the washable limescale filter to the non-slip rubber feet on the cordless base.
It's small and lightweight design, which makes it perfect for regular travels, so you can make a decent cuppa wherever you end up.
This classic kettle from Dualit is a keeper. In one of four new colours (it also comes in Dessert, Eucalyptus and Limestone), the Evergreen version is part of the Naturals collection and is also available as a matching toaster. The dark, inky green shade was inspired by the need to fill our homes with greenery all year round. It has a superfast 3kW element for speedy boiling, which saves energy, and also boasts WhisperBoil™ to reduce noise while in use.
The quietest kettle that Dualit offers, it’s been awarded the Quiet Mark, which means that the Noise Abatement Society has recognised that it’s ultra quiet to use. This makes Dualit’s Classic design a must for those who like to get up for a cuppa late at night or very early in the morning, including new parents with night-time feeds.
Built to last, even though this kettle is quite costly, you know you’ll be getting quality. Its patented replaceable element keeps your kettle going for longer.
We love Dualit, as their products are designed and engineered in the UK, which just adds to its appeal.
Bring some bling to kitchen worktops with Smeg’s latest offering, the luxury KLF03 kettle which comes in a Rose Gold finish exclusive to its London store and Currys, and a Gold finish, which is available nationwide. The large capacity is big enough to make seven cups with added features including a soft-opening lid, 360 degree swivel base, automatic shut off at 100ºC and a removable, washable limescale filter.
Known and loved for their retro fifties look, Smeg appliances look so effortlessly cool and this kettle’s no different. Also available in nine colours, these new metallic finishes just ooze luxury chic.
Ideal for families and those who love to entertain, the large 1.7ltr capacity will boil seven cups. The 360ºC swivel base also makes it easy to use all around the kitchen.
Put an end to limescale build up with the removable, washable stainless steel filter and concealed heating element.
How to choose the best kettle
Where to buy the best kettle
When you're looking to buy a new kettle, whether it's a replacement or a second kettle, there are a few elements to consider to make sure you get the best kettle for you. They are:
We all want to do our bit for the environment and saving energy also cuts down on the bills too – win win for everyone. Look for kettles with specific energy-reducing features and functions such as rapid boil, digital control and variable temperature to ensure you don’t needlessly over-boil. The best stovetop kettles, and the best hot water dispensers, can also be useful in this arena.
Practically every appliance in the home is now available in a smart version for those who love their tech. Even kettle manufacturers have got in on the act, with models that can be operated via an app on your smartphone or tablet, as well as being voice controlled for hands-free switch on. So now you can turn the kettle on without leaving the sofa, or on your way home from work when you fancy a brew. Of course you’ll still have to get up to actually make it yourself, but who knows what the future holds!
Investing in a new kettle (and maybe a matching toaster, too) is a great way of sprucing up kitchen worktops. These designs come in everything from rose gold to jewel-like patterns, so you’re not only getting the very latest technology but you’re also gaining the hottest new looks.
Many of the best kettles can be paired with the toasters for a coordinated kitchen counter, so take a look at matching sets when you find the model you want.
What is the best kettle?
Let's recap...if you want to buy the best premium kettle (in our opinion), check out the Bosch Sky Kettle. It has fantastic energy saving features including a keep warm function – so no need to re-boil – along with variable temperature settings. It gives you total control so you can make your tea just how you want it. And with a sleek, shiny appearance, it will suit an array of kitchen decor.